Minimize Summer Camp Chaos With Alternative Scheduling

School days are coming to an end, and summer camps are well under way. I am absolutely amazed by the multitude of unique camp offerings. When I was young, camps seemed so basic only offering academics, breakfast, lunch, and fun time that included an occasional field trip. I don’t recall my parents making a mad dash in March and April to plan weekly experiences for the sake of keeping my siblings and I busy. Once I was of age, I spent my summers riding my bike, swimming in the neighborhood pool, working part-time and visiting friends. I think my parents figured out that camp alternatives are a lot easier on the wallet.


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Kids should have some say in their summer experience. It is a well-deserved break. With the heightened rigor during the academic year, schools are packing in double homework assignments, projects and learning experiences in order for students to meet revamped curriculum standards. If you want to balance your child’s need for rest along with their interests without going broke, an alternative schedule may be your best bet.

Have a great summer, but don’t break your wallet!

Summertime is quite different for my kids than it was for me. There weren’t video games, cell phones, snap chats, Facebook, and Twitter.  The good thing is that they would rather spend time outside of the house instead of at home engrossed in the latest electronic. That can pose quite a challenge for a family with multiple children. Cost, transportation, and staggered scheduling can be quite chaotic to manage. To retain some semblance of sanity, I organized summer into five groups with varying experiences.

1. Vacation
Family time fun that everyone will enjoy; usually lasts a full week.

2. Visit family out-of-state.
This was a lot easier when the kids were younger. Not sure who wants a house of four to include two teenagers and two under the age of ten.

3. Choose two interests and spend a week at each camp immersed in the experience.
Did I mention that summer camp is expensive? Yep…so each child gets two weeks. In the northeast that can amount to approximately $600 per child times four! This doesn’t include sport activity fee either.

4. Participate in a local sport
Keeps them active and in touch with peers.

5. Spend a week or two at home.
Unwind, bond with siblings, and reenergize the battery.


How do you alternate your summer schedule? Let me know in the comments.





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